What Drives Your Story: Characters or Plot?

What Drives Your Story: Characters or Plot?

The Plot / Character Debate Have you ever noticed how critics will sometimes categorize a novel as either “plot driven” or “character driven”? If that’s got you puzzled about how it applies to the story you’re writing, I can understand why. They make...
The Exciting Leap from Book to TV Series

The Exciting Leap from Book to TV Series

The Prime Time Dream When you’re writing a story, do you dream of seeing it one day made into a film? I certainly do. So I’m thrilled to let you know that the dream may soon be a reality! It’s happening with my novel Entrapped. Working with my creative partners –-...
What Agents and Publishers Really Want

What Agents and Publishers Really Want

What Do Agents and Publishers Really Want? In my career as an author I’ve faced every challenge you’re facing. Having had ten novels published, with sales of over half a million books, I know what agents and publishers are looking for, what they want—and...
Don’t Believe These Myths About Writing

Don’t Believe These Myths About Writing

MYTH-BUSTERS Myths can distort and darken a writer’s world. I want your creative world to be sunshine-bright. So I offer here some myth-busting to chase away the clouds. Myth #1. It’s Impossible To Get Published These Days This myth says the publishing industry...
Anatomy of a Page-Turner

Anatomy of a Page-Turner

“I couldn’t put it down!” Authors love to hear readers say those words. So do our publishers. But what, exactly, is this mysterious literary essence that hooks a reader? What holds them so hard, they simply must keep reading, often long into the...
The Thrill of the First Sentence

The Thrill of the First Sentence

How To Write a Winning “Hook” Do you slave over your story’s opening sentence? Good! That’s what successful writers do: write it, revise it, and tweak it until they’re sure it will fire the reader’s desire to know what comes next. A first sentence...